Liveblogging World War II: April 27, 1944
Liveblogging World War II: April 28, 1944

ObamaCare Insurance Denialism on the Prairie: Live from The Roasterie CXLII: April 28, 2014

Brian Buetler: The Right's New Scam: Feigning Anger on Behalf of People They Encouraged to Skip Obamacare: "Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago...

...conservatives undertook... to discourage people... from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans... to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass... and send them into actuarial death spirals... appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles... [and] almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare.... [C]onservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding....

John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds:

People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that's part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down....

Tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.

For those of you just tuning in, an open-enrollment period is an obscure policy tool... one of the cornerstones of the employer-based insurance system, of Medicare Advantage, and of Medicare's prescription drug benefit. Conservatives are conspicuously silent about those open-enrollment periods.... The end of open-enrollment each year is one of the few sticks in ACA's broader incentive structure.... But the conservatives attacking it now weren't stricken by the epiphany that their recent efforts to discourage enrollment were morally reprehensible...

And:

Tom Kludt: GOP Rep Claims Uninsured Rate Went Up In His State After Obamacare: "Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) claimed...

...that the rate of uninsured actually went up in the state following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

It's hard to get accurate numbers on anything.... But the numbers we see today is that -- as I understand them -- we believe there are more people uninsured today in Kansas than there were before the president's health care plan went into effect. And I thought the goal was to bring more people into insurance.

Kansas is 1% of the American population--call it 3 million. It is true that Kansas has seen a small share of the approximately 4 million on net who have moved from no-insurance to insurance by purchasing private insurance company policies via the exchange: the Kansas legislature forbade state employees to do anything to assist or even, indeed, make Kansans aware that they had this option. It thus has not gotten its 40,000 reduction in non-insurance from this channel. And it is true that Kansas has not expanded Medicaid, and that the Medicaid expansion has covered 3,000,000 new people in the 60% of the country where state legislatures have allowed it to go into effect. Kansas has not gotten this 50,000 reduction in non-insurance. But there are also 3,000,000 young adults added to their parents' plans--and that is 30,000 for Kansas right there.

Whence comes Huelskamp's belief that the proportion of Kansans with health insurance has collapsed?

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